If I had a dollar for every toy that my 7-year-old corgi Gizmo has destroyed, I’d be millionaire. Or at least I think I would be.
With a desire to deconstruct anything that squeaks, Gizmo usually doesn’t allow his toys to last more than 10 minutes once they make the journey home from the store. That means an endless cycle of purchasing new dog toys (most which cost between $8-$15) and seeing them end up in the trash within minutes.
In this week’s Fab or Flub? review, the search for toys that can stand up to Gizmo’s rough ways continues with the Nerf Football Squeaker Dog Toy ($8.99, Target).
Part of Nerf’s range of canine-inspired products, the floatable toy was designed to withstand aggressive chewing and touted to be great for solo play sessions and playing fetch with a human.
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When picking out a dog toy for Gizmo, there are always two things I consider. First, does it squeak? Gizmo, like most dogs, is obsessed with toys that squeak and doesn’t have much interest in toys that don’t make noise.
Second, what is the toy made out? If the toy is made out of fabric or filled with stuffing, odds are it won’t last more than five minutes once Gizmo gets his paws on it.
On first inspection, the Nerf Football squeaker dog toy has all the makings of what I usually consider to be a good, quality dog toy. Not only does it squeak, but it’s made to be durable thanks to a unique combination of foam rubber and thermoplastic rubber.
Squeezing the football-shaped toy is not easy. Which is another good sign, because you know it is really made from tough material and that it won’t be easily penetrated by the sharp teeth of even the most persistent canine.
Still, Gizmo has surprised me before and torn apart toys made with rubber that seemed too tough to destroy. The only way to really know how well a toy is made is to let him go at it and see what happens.
Fab or flub?
Tough enough to withstand abuse from my tenacious corgi, the Nerf Football squeaker dog toy is perfect for overly active dogs who love to play rough with their toys. It’s been more than two weeks since I first purchased the toy and I’m happy to say that it is still intact, despite the fact that Gizmo plays with it every day.
The most impressive thing about the Nerf Football squeaker dog toy is probably that it still squeaks and does so quite loudly. While I have been able to find other toys durable enough that Gizmo can’t tear them to pieces, many have lost their ability to squeak over time, because of my corgi’s extended chewing.
I suggest picking up one for your precious pooch the next time you make trip to the big red bull’s-eye. It’s a bargain at less than $10.